Have questions about our Centre? Below are some FAQs and answers
How long does a study
Each study takes about 20 minutes, but you should plan on a 30-minute
visit so that we have time to explain the study completely and to get
acquainted with your child before we commence testing.
What will my
child do when we visit the centre?
After a warm-up in our playroom,
your child will go with you into a testing room where he or she will be
filmed watching videos, playing with toys, and/or interacting with an
Do I have to come in more than once?
Participation usually requires just one visit and does not commit you
to any other visits.
Who runs the studies?
Fully trained research
assistants or postgraduate students run our studies, under the
supervision of the Centre’s principal researchers who all hold PhDs in
Do parents participate?
Sometimes we ask parents to take part in the activities or to fill out
brief questionnaires. It depends on the particulars of the study.
What happens if my baby gets fussy?
As soon as we notice that babies aren’t having fun, we stop the
Will my child’s results be
All written and videotaped data are stored independently of personal
information and kept in locked filing cabinets in the Centre.
Can I get
copies of the results?
We send bi-annual newsletters to all
participants to let them know what we have learned from our studies in
the previous 6 months. An archive of newsletters is available on this
Do you do formal developmental
No, we do not, but we can
refer you to qualified clinical psychologists who can.
Is parking available?
Yes, we provide free parking in the Psychology building carpark.
Where are you located?
We are on the 4th floor of the McElwain Psychology building (24A on the
Is there any compensation for
All infant and child participants receive a certificate and a small
prize every time they take part in one of our studies.
What if I need to bring other children
Your child’s siblings
are welcome to come along; they can be looked after in our playroom or
else they can stay with you during the testing session.
What do you do with the results?
We present our findings at scientific conferences and publish them in
academic journals. You can find a list of our recent publications here.
Development Centre. School of Psychology. The University of Queensland.
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